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Monday, April 11, 2011

My Monday Muse: Five Inspiring Truths and a Photo

Edith Head
  1. As a young French teacher looking to make a higher salary, Edith told the administration of the Hollywood School for Girls that she could also teach art. In actuality, she'd only studied a little art in high school so she quickly enrolled in evening classes. 
  2. Unqualified yet eager to get into films, in a 1924 job interview with a studio, Edith presented sketches...done by classmates.  She was hired on the spot. Though dishonest in the beginning, she rose to occasion, working on over 1,000 films for 58 years.  She designed costumes for Veronica Lake, Ingrid Bergman, Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, Carey Grant, Shirley MacLaine, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Grace Kelly...
  3. Edith wore her signature blue and gray tinted glasses so she could always see what clothes would look like in a black and white film. 
  4. Nominated for 35 and winner of eight, Edith is the record holder for the most Academy Awards earned by any woman in any category.
  5. A natural at delivering zingy one-liners, she said, "You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it" and "Your dresses should be tight enough to show you're a woman and loose enough to prove you're a lady."

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